38 posts tagged "Valentino"
Real-life beauty trends don’t always reflect what we see on the runways, but when it comes to Rihanna, ordinary rules don’t apply. The bona fide fashion icon recently stepped out in NYC sporting cutoffs, a fistful of designer bags, and a superlong ponytail similar to the ones we spotted at Chanel, Kenzo, Valentino, and Bottega Veneta. Selena Gomez tried the trend, too, tying off her sleek pony with a simple black ribbon at the Teen Choice Awards last week. We’re guessing faux strands played a part in both cases, but anyone can go to great lengths by following the steps hair pro Guido Palau took backstage at Bottega: Blow-dry damp hair with a smoothing lotion (like Redken Align) and use a flatiron for sleekness. Part as desired (Rihanna and Selena both divided down the center) and secure your tail at ear level with an elastic. For extra fullness, wrap the base with extensions—hiding the evidence with a small section of hair wound around the band. Want a blunt, clean finish like Selena’s? Hack off the ends with scissors. To get RiRi’s undone look, pull a few pieces out around your face, give the crown a tug for volume, and leave the ends intact.
“It’s Ophelia,” said makeup pro Pat McGrath of the “serenely beautiful, ethereal girls” at Valentino. The overall effect was centered on pale, highlighted skin and deft contouring. McGrath used light gray shades around the eyes and a white hue on the lids, sweeping brown mascara through lashes as a finishing touch. A tiny bit of concealer to perfect complexions, a dash of lip balm, and it was done. “It’s about sculpting with light and shade,” she noted.
To make hair appear wet, Guido Palau misted Redken Shine Flash all over before crafting waves with a series of clips—ultimately leaving strands down save for a small section twisted around the length like a loose ponytail holder. (We suggest you steal this move straight off the runway and whip it out next time you find yourself missing an elastic or simply want to pull back curls without creating a dent.) “The beauty of the Valentino woman is very well defined: She’s always very serene and feminine,” Palau explained of the finished package.
Superlong strands and cropped cuts are currently trending. Beyoncé stepped out yesterday sporting gold braids that grazed her waistline (recalling her Destiny’s Child days, perhaps?). Going to great lengths, however, is not a new beauty movement started by the Queen—epic ponytails were seen on the runway at both Valentino’s and Chanel’s Fall 2014 shows. On the flip side, model Sasha Luss (pictured top and bottom left) and British songstress Ellie Goulding (bottom right) opted for chops. Whether they voluntarily shed a few inches in time for summer or made significant snips to sever the damage that bleach often wreaks on hair is up for debate. All we know is they could have bettered their chances by adhering to our prescription for platinum blonds.
Long tails were certainly on trend for Fall 2014 (Valentino, Chanel, and Kenzo, for starters), but Lady Gaga’s thigh-length pony takes it to extremes. And honestly, we’d expect nothing less from a woman in a pink glitter tuxedo and supersized cartwheel hat. Should her Prince Charming-of-the-moment Taylor Kinney not be able to scale the fire escape (or take the elevator to whatever New York City tower she currently resides in), her long, platinum strands should do the job in a pinch.
Style.com market director Marina Larroudé knows how to spot the season’s must-have bag, shoe, or jacket…and she also has a keen eye for beauty trends. Before sitting down to dinner at Casa Lever last night, she noticed this extra-long, banded pony at the back of the hostess’s head (a style, she revealed to Larroudé, she relies on when she’s having a bad hair day.) Look familiar? It’s almost an exact replica of the seventies-inspired “bubble” tail Guido Palau crafted backstage at Valentino this season. We like it just as much in real life as we did on the runway.